China’s South (8n/9d)

Ligiang is a fascinating water town

Ligiang is a fascinating water town

Day 01: Shanghai/Kunming
Morning flight to Kunming, visit West Hill, Dragon Gate with sightseeing van, Golden Temple and Flower market. Taste Cross-the –Bridge-Noodles for dinner.

Day 02: Kunming
One day tour to Stone Forest and its quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder.

Day 03: Kunming/Lijiang
Morning flight to Lijiang, the ancient city of Lijiang is found in Dayan Town, a largely Naxi settlement first built some eight centuries ago. With Sifang Street at the core, the entire city spreads out in all direction, and is crisscrossed by a labyrinth of flagged streets and alleyways. Most of the dwellings scattered at the foot of a mountain or by the rivers which flow through every corner of the city, are brick-and-tile structures with carved doors and painted windows. Traffic across the rivers is facilitated by a large number of tiny stone bridges. Visit Summer Palace of Ancient Local Master, Black Dragon Pool Park.

Day 04: Lijiang  
Visit Yulong Snow Mt., Yunsan Plateau (cable car up and down), Dry Sea, White Water River, and Beisha Murals. Dinner on your own so you can go to taste the local food.

Day 05: Lijiang/Zhongdian
Drive to Zhongdian which is also known as Shangrila (5 hours), on the way you will visit Hutiao Gorge (Tiger Leaping Gorge), the Hutiao Gorge with a drop of 3,000 meters is believed to be the world’s deepest canyon. The name of the gorge is attributed to the legend that a tiger had once jumped across the gorge at its narrowest section 30 meters in width. You will have the chance to view First Bend of the Yangtze River too. It is where the Yangtze River, following a northwest course, plunges head – on into a high and cragged cliff, takes a sharp U-turn-believed to be the river’s first bend as it flows on – and changes its course in a northeast direction. Upon arrival at Zhongdian, you will have home visit to local Tibetan People.

Day 06: Zhongdian
Visit Songzanlin Monastery, or ‘Little Potala’ as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the 5th Dalai Lama chose the site through divination in 1679, the monastery has grown into the most important community of its kind in Yunnan. Visit Bita Hai (Bita Lake) which is 25 km east of Zhongdian. A very nice lake with beautiful surroundings. The scenery on the bus ride to the lake is mighty. The altitude is about 3500 m. Visit Shudu Lake which is a calm lake surrounded with pastures, and forest flowers. It’s a good camping spot in the summertime, but no public transportation to the lake yet.

Day 07: Zhongdian/Dali
Morning drive to Dali (6-7 hours), Visit Ancient Town of Dali.

Day 08: Dali
Visit Three Pagodas of Chongshan, visit Butterfly Spring which is actually a pool four meters deep and 20 square meters wide. In the fourth lunar month every year, the tree puts out butterfly-shaped flowers, and swarms of butterflies in twenty or so breeds descend on the tree, linking themselves head against tail into numerous colorful ribbon-like strings which keep dangling over the pool. Then have boat ride on Erhai Lake which is fresh water lake in the Yunnan Plateau at an elevation of 1972 metres, with a length of 42 km and width of 8 km. Enjoy the performances of Bai Minority Nationality which is also known as “Three tastes of tea” dance and ceremony.

Day 09: Dali/ Kunming/Exit
Morning flight back to Kunming to catch flight departing Kunming

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